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Knicks Decide Defense Isn't for Them in 145-135 loss - Game Recap

Oklahoma City piles on 145 points in an offensive showcase vs. the Knicks in MSG.

Photo By: Nathaniel S. Butler (Getty Images North America)

Well, that was interesting. The Knicks give up 145 Points to the offensively-deprived Oklahoma City Thunder, in a 145-135 loss. Julius Randle and Cam Reddish led the way offensively for New York, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed out with 37 Points on 13/22 shooting to ultimately lead OKC to the victory.

In a display of coaching excellence, Tom Thibodeau only played R.J. Barrett for 19 minutes and Obi Toppin for 15 minutes. While Barrett struggled, going 2/10 from the field, he played solid defense on SGA. Topping played fantastic, with 10 Points on 4/5 shooting. Evan Fournier went 0/5 and played 20 minutes. But hey, at least Derrick Rose played!

The Positive

Everyone played fantastic offensively. In like 95% of basketball games, 135 Points would lead to a win. Cam Reddish shot amazingly, ending with 26 Points. Julius Randle was efficient, with 7/14 shooting and 8/10 from the line. Quickley quieted some haters, with 24 Points in 23 minutes. And Brunson had a great first half scoring the ball.

The bench played great too. Everyone (except Grimes) got a non-negative +/- in the 10-point loss. Derrick Rose played great, getting the offense started, and had an extraordinary lob to Jericho Sims. The bench played great, but a select few did not.

Stat of the Night - FT%

The Thunder outplayed the Knicks in every scoring percentage category. Oklahoma City shot 63% from the field, 55% from 3, and 90% from the line. That is incredible, and they scored with ease this afternoon. But it was the 3s that killed it. OKC made 17 3s compared to the Knicks’ 10. Because it’s not like the shooting percentages were that far off in FG% and FT%. They just got killed from deep.

Notable Knicks Statlines

Randle: 25pts/10reb/50%fg

Reddish: 26pts/4stl/59%fg

Quickley: 24pts/5ast/3stl

Brunson: 17pts/7ast/3stl

Hartenstein: 14pts/7reb

Sims: 8pts/8reb/100%fg

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